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Hauhauism: An Episode in the Maori Wars 1863-1866


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I have much pleasure in contributing a Foreword to this Book. Mr. Babbage has delved into a mass of original records, some of which are not readily accessible to the ordinary reader, and he has given a fair estimate of the growth and nature of Hauhauism. The movement was, as he says, in the main political. Te Ua may have imagined himself inspired in the religious field, but his followers were concerned with hostility to the Pakeha. A little more wisdom and justice on the part of the Government would have sterilized the soil in which the half crazy prophet sowed his seed.